Version 2.0: Here’s What We Loved at Frieze Los Angeles’ Second Edition



Frieze Los Angeles returned this past weekend, and in just its second year, the contemporary art fair spinoff of London and NYC has exploded into a full slate of lavish parties, expansive cultural programming, film screenings, celebrity engagement, music concerts, book releases, current affairs talks, political panels, fashion presentations, design gallery openings, off-sites, upstarts and hundreds of exclusive events reaching almost every corner of the city. Without a doubt, Frieze has brought a fresh jolt of creative energy to LA, and it’s clear the city is embracing a new forward-looking cultural role.

“My hope was that a successful fair could be leveraged to extend its energy throughout the city,” enthuses Executive Fair Director Bettina Korek. “Thanks to the tremendous support we’ve received from the city’s incomparable community of museums, galleries, and artist-run spaces, Frieze has taken root as an annual moment for visitors and locals alike to discover art in LA.”

The core of the fair took over Paramount Studios for four days of consecutive sold out crowds, with art aficionados mixing with the famous likes of J-Lo, Charlize Theron, Leo DiCaprio, even Miley Cyrus. Over seventy galleries from more countries than we could count offered the sort of expertly curated peek into the global art zeitgeist usually associated with. say, NYC, Berlin and, of course, Basel.

Watch this space—Frieze LA is only going to get bigger.

“I hope this moment continues to grow,” says Korek, “and that LA’s many art worlds will continue to grow with it in symbiosis.” 

For all the hobnobbing and people watching, for us, it was still all about the art. And here were our fifteen faves from Frieze LA 2.0.


Barbara Kruger, Who Buys The Con? (Questions)

Mural at NeueHouse, Los Angeles


Photo: Fredrik Nilsen


Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Frieze Los Angeles


Photo by Casey Kelbaugh



Louis Vuitton, Objet Nomades

Off-Site at Milk Studios 


Photo by Brad Dickson 


William Eggleston, Untitled, 1973 

David Zwirner Gallery, Frieze Los Angeles 


©Eggleston Artistic Trust/Courtesy Eggleston Artistic Trust and David Zwirner


Sadie Coles HQ, London

Frieze Los Angeles


Photo by Casey Kelbaugh


‘Interior Motives’ 

Short Film by Natalie Shirinian Screening at NeueHouse for NHxFrieze


Film still of Michele Lamy (Rick Owens), courtesy of NES Films


Conversations on Patronage: Re-Imagining the Community through the Arts Presented by Destination Crenshaw 


Photo by Casey Kelbaugh


Commonwealth & Council

Frieze Los Angeles


Photo by Casey Kelbaugh


‘Always I Trust’ (2014) Screening of Film by Cheng Ran 

Frieze Projects, Paramount Theater


Film Still, courtesy of the artist


“How We Got Here,” art discussion panel with artists Arcmanoro Niles, Jordan Nassar and Naama Tsabar, moderated by Arthur Lewis, Creative Director of UTA Fine Arts hosted by Artsy and UTA Artist Space

The West Hollywood EDITION


Image courtesy of UTA Artist Space


FRIEZE MUSIC – BMW presented performances, co-curated by Kevin McGarry and Hans Ulrich Obrist, including: Moses Sumney, Caroline Polachek, Zsela and DJ Uwuqi 

Neuehouse LA


Photo by Lucy Sandler


Patrisse Cullors‘s Fuck White Supremacy (2020) Interactive Dance

Paramount Studios NYC Backlot


Photo by Casey Kelbaugh


Barbara Kasten’s Intervention

Frieze Projects


Photo by Casey Kelbaugh


Lucio Fontana Walking The Space: Spatial Environments, 1948 – 1968 

Hauser & Wirth DTLA


Ambiante Spizale con Neon, photographed by Fredrik Nilsen. Courtesy Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milano and Hauser & Wirth.


DIALOGO: The California-Mexico Design and Architecture Dialogue, Curated by Monica Calderon, Adam Blackman and David Cruz with Book Release for Mexico City Architects Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappinat at Blackman Cruz


Works by Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin, Image Courtesy of Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin for Blackman Cruz.


12 Must-See Works at the First Ever ‘Frieze Los Angeles’


Frieze Los Angeles made its much buzzed about debut yesterday, fully living up to the spirited anticipation surrounding the international fair. Thousands of art-seeking Angelenos, celebrities, New York transplants and far flung jet-setters flocked to the Paramount Pictures studio lot to experience what many feel has been long overdue for the art-driven city. These days considered a cultural hotbed, L.A. boasts galleries like Regen Projects, Hauser & Wirth, Hannah Hoffman, The Box, Night Gallery and The Pit – all of which are exhibiting this weekend, alongside a total of 21 local and 49 international dealers.

For opening day, it was a fair floor filled with the likes of Raf Simons, Brad Pitt, Maria Sharapova, Leonardo Di Caprio, James Franco…there was even a rumor Beyonce was on her way. For those who frequent the fair’s New York or London counterparts, you can expect Frieze LA to offer you a more pleasant experience logistically, with a curated selection equally stimulating.

Here are the 12 works that stood out to us most.


Doug Aitken

“Midnight Sun (distant pool with views)”

303 Gallery


© Doug Aitken, courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York


Jenny Holzer

“Blue Laments Arno”

Sprüth Magers


© 2019 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Courtesy Sprüth Magers


Nicole Wermers

“Untitled Chair”

Herald St



Andy Warhol

“Georgia O’Keeffe”

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac



Hannah Greely

“High and Dry”

Frieze Projects


Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.


Cooper Jacoby

“Force of Habit”

Freedman Fitzpatrick




“Borrowed Light”

Galeria OMR


Senga Nengudi

“Studio Performance with R.S.V.P.”

Sprüth Magers


Olafur Eliasson

“Flare Friend”

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery



Dike Blair

“Untitled 1996”

Karma Gallery



Diana Thater

“True Life Adventures”

David Zwirner Gallery




10 Must-See Artists at Frieze New York 2018

Kapwani Kiwanga, ‘Pink-Blue,’ 2017, photo courtesy of Frieze


It’s the first week of May which, of course, means The Met Gala. But it also means the New York edition of the annual Frieze art fair. Opening tomorrow, the high-profile art schmooze will bring together work from over 1,000 established and emerging talents, on view through May 6.

And because we at BlackBook are always here to tell you what to do, we’ve put together a list of the 10 must-see artists at Frieze New York 2018.


Imran Qureshi at Nature Morte


‘This Leprous Brightness,’ 2011, photo courtesy of Nature Morte
Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi employs various mediums, including painting, installation art and video, to explore the political climate of the Middle East. Juxtaposing violent splatters with precise strokes, he invokes a sort of controlled chaos that reflects his feelings towards his country’s current state.


Isa Genzken at Hauser & Wirth


‘Untitled,’ 2012, photo courtesy of Hauser & Wirth
Sculptor and installation artist Isa Genzken has worked for over 40 years. Using a variety of materials, including wood, concrete and textiles, the Berlin-based artist explores consumerism and the relationships between high and low brow.


Ana Mazzei at Galeria Jaqueline Martins


‘Garden,’ 2017, photo courtesy of Galeria Jaqueline Martins
Brazilian artist Ana Mazzei creates minimalist sculpture installations that explore perception and the limits of reality. Often working with painted linen, the 38-year-old builds subtle yet powerful scenescapes inspired by philosophers Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal.


Jordan Nassar at Anat Ebgi


‘The sun like you is covered with flowers,’ 2017, photo courtesy of the artist
New York artist Jordan Nassar creates hand-embroidered pieces inspired by traditional Palestinian works. Using bold colors and a highly skilled technical practice, he explores the intersections of identity, technology, language and craft.


Jordan Wolfson at David Zwirner


Still from ‘Riverboat Song,’ 2017-18, photo courtesy of David Zwirner
Multimedia artist Jordan Wolfson uses photography, film, installation and sculpture to create cutting social commentary on violence and entertainment. With his own animated characters, the New York City-born Wolfson creates subversive narrative pieces that join appropriated images and found objects with his original work.


Farhad Moshiri at The Third Line


‘Top of the World,’ 2011, photo courtesy of The Third Line
Artist Farhad Moshiri uses Pop Art paintings to explore the relationship between his Iranian heritage and the customs he adopted growing up in a Western culture. Using vivid colors and unorthodox materials (like the plastic pearls in the work above), he juxtaposes traditional techniques with images of popular culture.


Artur Lescher at Nara Roesler


‘Inabsência,’ 2012, photo courtesy of Nara Roesler
Sculptor Artur Lescher creates large-scale pieces that are both artfully designed and architecturally sound. Through a wide range of materials, the Brazilian artist crafts modern masterpieces that challenge perception and form.


Judith Bernstein at Paul Kasmin


‘Money Shot – Green,’ 2016, photo courtesy of Paul Kasmin
Artist Judith Bernstein has had an extensive career drawing dicks. Mixing pop art with phalluses, the New York-based painter creates colorful canvases that are both overtly political and unapologetically feminist.


Rosemary Laing at Galerie Lelong


‘Rose of Australia,’ 2017, photo courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co., New York
Australian photographer Rosemary Laing creates conceptual and surrealist images that capture her subjects without digital enhancement. Photographing staged scenes, the photographer often explores the political, social and cultural trends in her native Australia.


Kapwani Kiwanga curated by Adrienne Edwards for the Frieze Artist Award


‘The Sun Never Sets,’ 2017, courtesy of Frieze
The winner of this year’s Frieze Artist Award, Kapwani Kiwanga is a Canadian installation artist whose work often examines colonialism and its impact on contemporary identity. At this year’s fair, she will debut an open-air installation that “explores freedom of movement and architectures of exclusion,” titled ‘Shady.’


So, if you don’t already have your tickets, you can buy them here.


Nine Must-See Works at Frieze New York 2017

Flocks of art-curious New Yorkers are heading to Randall’s Island Park this weekend for 6th iteration of the influential Frieze Art Fair. This global celebration of contemporary art (which opened Thursday and runs through May 7th) flaunts more than 200 galleries from over 30 countries.

This year boasts a canvas of neon, intriguing text-based works, mixed materials, contemporary masters like Anish Kapoor, 20th Century masters including Barbara Chase-Riboud and emerging artists like Charlie Ahearn.  Here’s what most caught our fancy.

Isabel van den Eynde’s “Focus.”  Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Charlie Ahearn’s “Dota Rock (Bam Grey). Courtesy of artist and P.P.O.W

Eva LeWitt’s “Parted Plastic.” Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze

Gavin Brown’s “Enterprise.” Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Eykyn Maclean. Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Pace Gallery. Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Giosetta Fioroni’s “Tribute to II Teatro Delle Mostre” (1968/2017). Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Anish Kapoor’s “Glisten Blue”

Barbara Chase – Riboud’s “Bathers.”  Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York

Everything You Need to See at Frieze, According to Cynthia Rowley

Photo: Cynthia Rowley by Sam Deitch/

We sent designer Cynthia Rowley into the madness of Frieze to do a little reconnaissance, and she came back with these gems. Here’s everything you need to see at Frieze, according to Cynthia Rowley.

If you want to get your hands dirty, stop by Gavin Brown’s DIY make-the-painting-yourself art booth, created by Jonathan Horowitz. It is totally genius.

If you need to recharge a bit, visit Korakrit Arunandchai’s massage chair at Frieze Project space.

Martin Creed’s ginormous wall paintings at Hauser and Wirth are positively exuberant. Please come paint the outside of my whole house, Martin!

What to Wear to Frieze: How to Dress Like Your Favorite Nan Goldin Photo

Nan Goldin, French Chris at the drive-in, N.J., 1979. Cibachrome 30×40 inches. ©Nan Goldin, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Let’s dissect the aesthetics at work, because for the fashion gal wondering what to wear to Frieze, there’s no dedication quite like matching the artwork. To get the Nan Goldin look, come right this way…

Nothing quite says freedom!!! like a convertible, a pair of Candies and a tube top. Grab a can of beer and pair those otherwise un-recommendables with cropped flared denim to keep it current. Et voila — it’s like you’re at the drive-in in Jersey, hanging out in the back of the car with the top down. May we recommend some double stick tape so you don’t also end up with your top down?

See Nan Goldin’s French Chris at the Drive-In, N.J. featuring the artists’s oft photographed friends French Chris and Cookie Mueller, and more of the artist’s work at the Matthew Marks Gallery booth B53 at the Frieze New York art fair on Randall’s Island from May 14-17.

Clockwise from top left: Dolce & Gabbanna embellished leather sandals; Marc Jacobs ribbed-knit bandeau top; Rick Owens tie dyed denim tunic; Day Birgeret Mikkelsen plisse bandeau top; Sophia Webster Ava polka dot metallic leather sandals; No.6 Store Nubuck sandals

From left: Rachel Comey legion wide-leg cropped jeans; J.Crew Rayner high-rise wide-leg jeans; Valentino high-rise wide-leg jeans

Solar Flares: Gap x Visionaire Artist Tees Change With The Light

Light sensitive clothes may have been a thing in the ’90s, but what trend from then hasn’t been revived recently? Alexander Wang sent his girls stomping down the runway in color changing gear for fall (and you can fully expect to see chameleon-girls — me included– working the look in a few short months). Until then, another brand is hopping on the UV-sensitive bandwagon. Gap has collaborated with Visionaire as part of an outdoor pop up experience at the Frieze Art Fair in New York from May 9-18, pulling in artists like Alex Katz, Peter Lindbergh, Richard Phillips, and Mario Sorrenti to put their works to fabric.

500 only will be made of each tee, only available at Opening Ceremony, Gap flagship stores, Visionaire retailers, and the Gap White Space pop ups in New York and in Tokyo.

See the light(change) below.

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